Player Profiles

John                               Means
Class: Jr.
Hometown: Olathe, Kan.
Height: 6-3
Weight: 215
Sport: Baseball
Position: LHP


At West Virginia in 2013
  • Started 13 games, finishing with a 4-4 record and 54 strikeouts in 72.2 innings pitched
  • Ranked second in ERA (3.34), hits allowed (72) and opponents batting average (.262) among WVU starting pitchers
  • Did not allow an earned run in 6.0 innings against Oklahoma State (5/25) in game three of the Big 12 Championship
  • Struck out five in win against Oklahoma (5/5), allowing two runs in 6.0 innings
  • Earned a no-decision against Kansas (4/27), striking out seven and allowing two runs in 7.1 innings
  • Struck out seven batters in 6.0 innings in no-decision against New Orleans (3/30)
  • Lasted 8.1 innings in win against Texas Tech (3/23), allowing one run on three hits with four strikeouts
  • Pitched 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing three hits with five strikeouts in win against UMBC (3/2)
  • Picked up first career win against Youngstown State (2/23), striking out three and allowing one run in 5.0 innings

At Fort Scott Community College in 2012

  • Went unbeaten in eight appearances with a 6-0 record and a 1.14 ERA
  • Averaged 1.14 strikeouts per inning with 36 strikeouts in 31.2 innings pitched, walking only eight
  • Threw a complete game two-hit shutout and struck out 10 batters at Cowley
  • Earned NJCAA Division I All-Region VI Second Team and All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference First Team honors


  • Chosen in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves in the 46th round (1,406th overall)
  • Played for the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League in summer 2012
  • Made eight appearances with a 3-2 record and 1.26 ERA
  • Struck out 49 batters in 43 innings, holding opponents to a .186 batting average
  • Member of the 2012 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball All-Star Game
  • Attended Gardner-Edgerton High
  • Earned Class 5A Second Team All-State, Kansas City Star Second Team All-Metro and All-East Kansas League First Team honors in 2011
  • Member of the 2011 Kansas City Royals Elite Scout Team
  • Played in the 2011 Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches All-Star Game


  • Son of Alan and Jill Means
  • Has one brother
  • Birthday in April 24
  • Enrolled in pre-sport management
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll

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